OYB May 21
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- 2009 May 20
This is a busy week for me. My daughter has state track meet Thursday-Saturday (2.5 hours away), then she graduates on Sunday. If my posts are hit and miss, you'll know why! Keep plugging away.
29:3 And Achish told them, "This is David, the servant of King Saul of Israel. He's been with me for years, and I've never found a single fault in him from the day he arrived until today." Of course, Achish didn't know David has been lying to him all this time. (Spoiler for Barb) Add to that, in a few chapters David is going to begin his career as king fighting the Philistines.
29:8 David said to Achish, "But what have I done? And what have you found in your servant from the day when I came before you to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"It is bad that David is ready to kill his own people—the people he will soon rule! I could be wrong, but that doesn't sound like a good political move. But thankfully, while living in this place of sin among his enemies, God doesn't let David ruin his future opportunities. Let that be true of us all!
David Guzik: He shall not go up with us to the battle . . . as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart: David wanted to fight with the Philistines against Israel, but God wouldn't let him. David's heart is in a bad place, but God hasn't abandoned him! We should praise God for the times when He kept us from sinning as bad as we wanted to sin!
30:6 Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. This is one powerful verse. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they did (ever have one of those days?). David has lost everything in this instance. He has had his "funeral of self." He doesn't have a home, he can't live with his family, none of the promises God made him years ago have come true, even his enemies have cast his out, and now he has been raided and lost whatever was left that was precious to him (his wives and children). Add to that, even his own men were ready to kill him. Can you imagine the despair? But God does this to His chosen ones, especially when He is preparing them for leadership. They must experience complete isolation where God is their only hope, because that is what leadership is all about. This was David's last great test, and it proved to strengthen his character because he came back to that place of broken dependence on God alone.
It is always important to note that even when we are living in "the promise" of God's will for our lives, things do not always go our way on the surface. David's wives and children and all his belongings were captured, but it was a divine appointment for David and his men to be led and delivered by God.
I love the incredible sovereignty of God that is about to take place. Nothing is left to chance!
30:11-16 Now they [just so happened to find] an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David... And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago... Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this band." This is such an encouraging picture when all hope is gone. There is always a door that no one knew was there. (Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters - a pathway no one knew was there! Psalm 77:19)
30:18-19 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and rescued his two wives. But nothing of theirs was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that they had taken for themselves; David brought it all back.
The Amalekites are often associated as the line of the anti-Christ. Haman (the one who plotted to annihilate the Jews in Esther) was an Amalekite. According to the Jewish Virtual Library: Today, the name Amalek is a symbol for evil and hatred against Jews, and Haman, the Persian leader who vowed to destroy all Jews, is considered a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites. David rescues his two wives. Abigail is a Gentile name (in other words, she could be a Gentile) and Ahinoam is a Hebrew name. Do you see a picture? In fact, David rescues ALL--nothing is missing. All is brought back! What a beautiful picture of the redemption of our Messiah!
Disclaimer for my husband's sake: My hubby thinks I sometimes try to read too much into these passages. He could be right. But my mind thinks in pictures, and I believe every single word in the Bible is there to teach us something about Jesus. I believe it's a story about Jesus. So at the risk of reading too much in, I will continue to look for a "story behind the story." I apologize if it's just too much of a stretch for some of you. Hopefully you will find enough growing tools in the other things I say to counteract any frustration you have while indulging my overly picturesque mind! Even if I am reaching, I doubt Jesus will fault me for trying hard to see Him in His Word. "Well, Julie, you really tried too hard to put me into the Bible. Really, what were you thinking?" ☺ The main question is this: Is what I'm learning leading me TO CHRIST or AWAY FROM CHRIST? If the answer is "A", then it can't be all bad, eh?
30:22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, "Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered..." This is the same attitude as the brother of the Prodigal Son. Entitlement. David shows the same heart as Jesus—all who were a part of his following were welcome to partake in the reward.
12:16 His disciples didn't realize at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered that these Scriptures had come true before their eyes. God often brings verses to my mind after an event to remind me of a truth I had forgotten or to confirm something. It is powerful!
12:19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, "We've lost. Look, the whole world has gone after him!" How prophetic!
118 This is the last of the six books of the Jewish "Hallel." The Hallel was recited at Passover. From this Jewish site: In Aramaic, the word Hallel means "praise" and forms the joyful acclamation of praise to Yahweh, "Hallelu-Yah", "Alleluia." It also refers to the Hallel Psalm (Psalms 113 through 118). Lord Jesus concluded the Last Supper by singing the Hallel Psalm with his closest friends.
118:1, 2, 3, 4 "His lovingkindness is everlasting." X4!
118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation (Yeshua). The word "salvation was replaced in NLT with "victory." All the difference a little word can make!
118:15-18 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation (Yeshua) is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, but He has not given me over to death. If Jesus sung this just before His death with His disciples, can you imagine how beautiful it was? More Hallel tomorrow...